20 May United Nations’ World Bee Day
We all depend on the survival of bees.
They, and other pollinators, contribute to the fundamental pollination process that keeps our ecosystems alive. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.
As part of the United Nations World’s Bee Day, Linkcity UK and Bouygues UK announced a partnership with BEEODIVERSITY.
Through this partnership with BEEODIVERSITY, Linkcity UK are monitoring the local environment around its construction development at Hallsville Quarter in order to enhance local biodiversity and to raise awareness regarding pollution.
Bouygues UK are collaborating not only with BeeOdiversity but with real-life bees, to monitor key air quality and biodiversity indicators like plant diversity and level of local pollutants (pesticides and heavy metals).
Local beekeepers, Bushwood Bees, have kindly supported this work by providing with their own bees to work on the project. These bees report to beehives installed at Hallsville Quarter development, fitted with Biodiversity’s BeeOmonitoring tool. The bees act as natural drones, collecting billions of pollen samples from the local area of around 700ha. These samples are then analysed at BeeOdiversity’s facilities in Belgium to identify the origin and level of pollutants (heavy metals and pesticides) as well as the plant diversity quality.
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